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Our cargo team provides protection for goods while in transit (by land, sea, or air), in store during the ordinary course of transit, and in long-term storage.

We cover a wide range of transit and storage risks, across many industries on a worldwide basis (excluding sanctioned territories), with a particular focus on the US and Europe. With more than 75 years combined underwriting experience, Markel International has one of the most experienced teams in Lloyd's and is recognized as a leader in cargo. Coverage is tailored to our clients' individual needs to provide them with a bespoke policy for the industry sector in which they operate. The underwriting team is supported by our experienced, in-house claims team.

Cargo coverage options

Markel offers line sizes up to $50m on Company paper or $30m on Lloyd’s paper.

We write business on a primary and excess basis (coverage varies).

Policy coverage is generally on an all risks of physical loss or damage basis with wording tailored to specific requirements.

Key areas of coverage include:

  • Ocean cargo
  • Cargo stock-throughput
  • Delay in start-up (DSU) written in conjunction with cargo
  • Excess stock
  • Crude oil and refined products
  • Project cargo
  • Machinery
  • Manufactured goods

Excess basis only:

  • Vehicles
  • Wines and spirits
  • Foodstuffs

Contact our experts

United Kingdom

Daniel McCarthy
Director of Marine

Richard Burnett
Senior Underwriter & Head of Cargo

Graham Williams
Senior Underwriter – Cargo

Brook Styles
Underwriter – Cargo, Specie, Terrorism

Natalie Binning
Assistant Underwriter – Cargo

United States

Jim Taylor
Director, US Business Development


Colin Fordham
Senior Underwriter & Director – Marine, Asia


Vyankatesh Tak
Senior Underwriter & Head of MENA

Vimal Vijayakumar